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Prof
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406 of 434  Fri 22nd May 2020 8:19pm  
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Kaga, I think the Market Clocktower had gone by the date of that photo, I never saw it in reality, so by the time that the Precinct was being developed I feel sure it would not be there then. Edited by member, 22nd May 2020 8:22 pm
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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407 of 434  Sat 23rd May 2020 11:18am  
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Prof. I know that, it was removed in 1953. The river ran straight across the Precinct under Smithford Street and straight on parallel with Spon Street to past Butt Lane. This way under West Orchard a couple of steps where it was joined by the Radford (before the alteration) Brook, then bore right, under Cross Cheaping. Between West Orchard and Cross Cheaping there was an opening where firemen drew water from the river during the blitz thus saving a lot of the Burges and around. Had the council in 1939 built wells in the river in a number of places then Coventry need not have burned as it did.
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PeterB
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408 of 434  Sat 23rd May 2020 3:37pm  
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The White Lion mosaic has been covered in black plastic so I presume conservation has started/resumed. There was somebody taking a tracing a couple of days ago. Peter.
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20A-Manor House
Coventry
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409 of 434  Mon 25th May 2020 6:52pm  
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This view is dated as being 1954.
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Heathite
Coventry
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410 of 434  Tue 26th May 2020 12:33pm  
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Edited by member, 26th May 2020 1:01 pm
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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411 of 434  Wed 27th May 2020 8:52pm  
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Not sure if it’s been posted before, but just appeared of FB - from 1954
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matchle55
Coventry
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412 of 434  Wed 27th May 2020 9:36pm  
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On 26th May 2020 12:33pm, Heathite said: Edited by member, 26th May 2020 1:01 pm
Could someone tell me what is happening here, I have not been out for nearly 3 months Wave

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Disorganised1
Coventry
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413 of 434  Thu 28th May 2020 12:20am  
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The mosaic that was at the entrance to the old White Lion has been uncovered. I've seen a picture on Facebook and it's looking pretty good.
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Heathite
Coventry
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414 of 434  Thu 28th May 2020 6:54am  
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Hi all, I thought these images had been posted but I can't see them, please delete if they are duplicates. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Prof
Gloucester
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415 of 434  Thu 28th May 2020 9:42am  
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Kaga (407). I am amazed if I never remember seeing the Clock Tower, and so far as I know I did not see it. Maybe it was partially demolished. I think the Godiva Clock would be built in the early 50's but the mechanism was in store prior to going into the new home for it. Only newspaper records would throw light on it I guess. Any chance Annewiggy? Edited by member, 28th May 2020 9:43 am
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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416 of 434  Thu 28th May 2020 11:09am  
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According to the newspaper Prof it was demolished in early 1943. It was not a quick job as it describes workmen not being noticed sitting on the top - don't suppose Fred Dibnah was around then. The remains of Owen Owen's were also demolished that year. And the reporter describes that as a slow job, like the demolition of the clock tower. A report says that the demolition was not due wholly due to air raid damage as it was reported to be a safe structure but it was on the site proposed for redevelopment.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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417 of 434  Thu 28th May 2020 12:28pm  
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Prof, apology, not 1953 - 1943
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Helen F
Warrington
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418 of 434  Thu 28th May 2020 12:35pm  
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Thanks Heathite for the photos, especially the one including M&S. I've walked over the mosaic many times making a bee line for that entrance.
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Heathite
Coventry
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419 of 434  Thu 28th May 2020 12:41pm  
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You're very welcome Helen and thank you for the encouragement. As you've probably guessed I included the M&S image to help others locate 'old and new'. I for one would not have known. Thumbs up
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Helen F
420 of 434  Thu 28th May 2020 4:00pm  
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